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Assessment as Critical Programmatic Reflection
Vicki L. Reitenauer and Rowanna L. Carpenter
The Journal of General Education Vol. 67, No. 3-4 (2018), pp. 226-245
Link to the article: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jgeneeduc.67.3-4.0226?seq=1
This article argues that general education assessment is an opportunity for engaging faculty and the general education program as a whole in critical reflection on the practices and pedagogies that affect the entire undergraduate body. Through intentional assessment practices tied to learning outcomes, pedagogical expectations, and faculty and student classroom experience, an assessment program can meet accreditation expectations while serving as a rich location for critical reflection and continuous improvement. To illustrate, this article takes the reader through a year in the life of University Studies' assessment at Portland State University. It provides details about the individual elements of our assessment program (e.g., review of student ePortfolios, mid-term feedback, and course evaluations) and how these each provide opportunities for faculty and programmatic critical reflection. It describes both long-standing practices as well as new or experimental elements that arise from the current programmatic context, providing examples of the ways in which we continually evolve our practices. Finally, it weaves the elements together and identifies the strengths and challenges of our approach, as well as opportunities for deeper, increasingly impactful critical practice in the future.
Exploring the Use of E-Portfolios in Higher Education Coaching Programs
Katie Dray and Kristy Howells
International Sport Coaching Journal, Volume 6: Issue 3
Link to the article:https://journals.humankinetics.com/view/journals/iscj/6/3/article-p359.xml
The contribution of higher education to the development of the coaching workforce worldwide has been most recently emphasised by the development of the ICCE’s Coaching Degree Standards (2016). These standards recognise the increasing value of learning technologies, suggesting that the use of technology in such coaching programs should aim to a) “enhance the learning experience of the student-coach” and b) “gain relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to make the most of technology whilst coaching” (p. 23). This article presents one coach developer’s experience of using e-portfolios with undergraduate students on a BSc. Sport Coaching Science undergraduate program that represents an effort to address both of these aims simultaneously. Drawing from a broader field of education research and through the provision of examples, it is suggested that e-portfolios might afford the coach learner a number of benefits including their accessibility, the role they play in developing meta-cognition, and their ability to provide a space that can bring together the different communities that influence the learner. Lastly, the benefits and challenges are presented through the eyes of the academic tutor and the relevance for coach education contexts outside of HE are discussed.
Australian midwifery student's perceptions of the benefits and challenges associated with completing a portfolio of evidence for initial registration: Paper based and ePortfolios
Michelle Gray, Terri Downer, Tanya Capper
Nurse Education in Practice. Vol 39, August 2019, pp 37 - 44
Link to the article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1471595319301325
Portfolios are used in midwifery education to provide students with a central place to store their accumulative evidence of clinical experience for initial registration in Australia. Portfolio formats can be paper-based or electronic. Anecdotal discussion between midwifery students in Queensland debated the best format to document the requirements for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) standard 8.11. Midwifery students using paper-based portfolios envisioned that an ePortfolio would be streamline, simple, safe to use, and able to be used anywhere with WIFI, while some students using an ePortfolio expressed a desire to have a paper-based portfolio as a hard copy. This situation called for evidence of a comparison to resolve the debate.
The aim of this study was to investigate midwifery students’ experiences of the benefits and challenges between paper-based and ePortfolios when compiling evidence to meet the requirements for initial registration as a midwife in Australia (ANMAC, 2014).
For further information contact Terri Downer: email@example.com
The Admiral Nurse Competency Framework: Encouraging Engagement and Putting It Into Practice
Christine Carter, Jennifer Bray, Kate Read
The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 2019;50(5):205-210
Link to the article: https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20190416-06
Admiral Nurses undertake complex work with families living with dementia. Dementia UK commissioned The Association for Dementia Studies to refresh the Admiral Nurse Competency Framework and enable Admiral Nurses to articulate and critically reflect on their own practice progression. The Admiral Nurses were involved throughout the process to refresh the framework to ensure it was evidence based.
To encourage engagement with the framework, The Association for Dementia Studies worked with the Admiral Nurses during a roll-out phase. An exercise was developed to initiate critical reflective discussion. Critiquing a colleague's practice is a skill, provoking defensiveness if not facilitated thoughtfully.
An exercise combining art cards with case study analysis worked well, promoting critical reflective dialogue between Admiral Nurses as peers. Engagement and feedback were positive, and the neutrality of the exercise provided a safe environment with the flexibility to allow in-depth and meaningful discussions.
This technique could benefit work-based learning, facilitating creative critical reflection within practice.
Radiography students' preferences regarding assessment and feedback
Oh, A; Williams, I and Hodgson, Y.
Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2018: 23-39,
Link to the article: https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=099561670249149;res=IELNZC
Assessment and feedback are important aspects of higher education. In allied health degrees, including radiography, the successful completion of assessments demonstrates that a graduate meets accreditation standards for clinical practice. Feedback within a degree program provides critical information to students on their attainment of these skills. Using a framework of discourse, emotion and identity, this study investigated the preferences of radiography students regarding the assessments and feedback they experienced during their degree program at an Australian university.
For further information contact Yvonne Hodgson Yvonne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing reflection through an ePortfolio-based learning environment: design principles for further implementation
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2018.1447989
Link to the article: https://doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2018.1447989
This article discusses the implementation of an ePortfolio-based learning environment with Bachelor of Education students. The intention was for the platform to be an agency for the development of reflection. The environment scaffolded reflection through (1) exemplars of good practice, (2) the opportunity for discussions and (3) activities to support the development of reflection. There were issues within the research around the introduction of the platform at the particular stage of the students’ degrees but the environment was successful in the provision of a teaching and learning platform. The findings provided design principles for a model to guide the development of similar learning environments including (1) the need for the ePortfolio platform to be embedded across the degree programme with (2) regular tasks for the students to complete that (3) have a clear purpose that the students are aware of and (4) utilise interaction patterns that mimic the structures of social media.
For further information contact Pauline Roberts email@example.com
Implementation of e-portfolios for the professional development of Admiral Nurses.
Karen Harrison Dening, Debra Holmes, Amy Pepper
Nursing Standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987) [01 Jan 2018, 32(22):46-52]
Link to the article: https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2018.e10825
Nurses are required to maintain their fitness to practise through continuing professional development activities, and must demonstrate this by maintaining a portfolio of evidence that should be available for inspection every three years. The Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced revalidation in 2016 to demonstrate that nurses are practising safely and effectively. Nurses, however, are busy healthcare professionals and, as well as clinical practice, they have other demands on their time, such as providing evidence for annual appraisals. Admiral Nurses, specialist dementia nurses who support families living with dementia, also have a three-tier competency framework designed to demonstrate their acquired expertise and knowledge in dementia care. To support Admiral Nurses in managing these activities, the charity Dementia UK gave them access to the PebblePad e-portfolio system. This article details the implementation and outcomes of this project.
For further information contact Debbie Holmes Debbie@pebblepad.co.uk
Exploring the Potential of a Collaborative Web-based E-portfolio
Annie Venville, Helen Cleak & Emma Bould
Social Work Field Education, Australian Social Work, 70:2, 185-196,
Link to the article: https://doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2017.1278735
In most Australian workplaces that provide placement opportunities, social workers are unlikely to receive reductions in their workload for supervising students and completing the administrative requirements of field education subjects. Associated time costs lead to reluctance to supervise social work students. This article investigates the potential for a web-based e-portfolio tool to support and streamline social work field education and assessment processes. Social work students, field educators, and university-appointed liaison staff (N = 110) from a large Australian university completed an online survey administered at the end of placement. The majority of participants reported that the e-portfolio provided a useful framework for recording evidence of student learning; was simple to use; saved time; and had the capacity to enhance the quality and immediacy of communication between parties. We argue that e-portfolios can efficiently capture evidence of student learning and provide a robust mode of supporting social work students on placement.
For further information about this article, contact Annie Venville firstname.lastname@example.org
For information regarding eportfolio practice in Social Work at La Trobe University contact Fiona Smith F.Smith@latrobe.edu.au
Engaging the wider academic community in a postgraduate certificate in academic practice: the issue of standards
Nicola Reimanna and Linda Allinb
International Journal for Academic Development
Link to the article: https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2017.1381966
This paper critically reflects on the challenges associated with academic standards in a postgraduate certificate in academic practice, which involved the wider academic community of the institution. It is underpinned by a socio-cultural constructivist view that suggests standards do not exist independently of assessors, but are co-constructed by participation in communities of practice through the process of making assessment judgements. Following an outline of the programme design, the discussion focuses on the uncertainties around standards arising from the fragility and fragmentation of a nascent community of practice comprised of a multiplicity of personal standards frameworks and disciplinary perspectives.
For further information contact Nicola Reimann Nicola.email@example.com
Pre-registration clinical skills development and curriculum change
British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 26, Issue 2
Link to article: https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2017.26.2.93
This article outlines and offers an overview of the process of curriculum change and the development and integration of clinical skills. The focus on clinical skills in the essential skills clusters annexe set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council requires innovative strategies in theoretical aspects of the nursing programme to be identified. Based on the constructivist philosophy of curriculum design and in light of the ever-changing healthcare environment, a blended-learning approach was developed for the delivery of clinical skills. Key aspects such as learning styles, pedagogical approaches to online learning and facilitation were taken into consideration. A model of e-learning, facilitated sessions (face to face) and reflection was adopted for clinical skills acquisition in the programme. Although positive feedback was given about the online work, sessions and space for reflection, it was clear that further preparation of both lecturers and students for this cultural shift in teaching and learning would have aided this process.
For further information contact Jo Rutt Jo.Rutt@nottingham.ac.uk